Dendera music maestro, Sulumani Chimbetu, together with superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, gave a top-drawer performance of their latest duet titled Kwedu which is on Sulu’s latest and third album, Non Stop, which was officially launched on Wednesday night at Jazz 105.
Chimbetu proved to his large crowd of fans that he was no longer a small fish but also amongst the biggest sungura giants in the country comparable to Alick Macheso and Tongai Moyo, during the event that was also graced by government officials, top businessmen and fellow musicians.
Sulu has certainly improved immensely since his debut award-winning release Ndomusiya Nani released a few years ago. He has definitely become a force to reckon with in sungura music circles.
“Sulu has improved since he started and he has shown the ability to organise both the music and the team,” said Minister of Information, Media and Publicity, Webster Shamu, who attended the event.
Shamu said he was impressed with Sulu’s duet with Oliver Mtukudzi on Kwedu and also another duet with his late father’s brother, Allan Chimbetu, titled Temperature.
Shamu said he had been touched by the track Kure which he admitted nearly had him shedding tears because of its powerful lyrics.
The track was dedicated to Sulu’s late father Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu and other deceased members of the family.
“It is so sad that when one produces such great works, someone else out there decides to ‘burn’ (duplicate illegally) the music thereby promoting piracy,” said Minister Shamu. Shamu was planning to meet the police, musicians and those responsible for selling and distributing music to map out strategies to combat piracy in Zimbabwe.
“Sulu is a star, this was an awesome launch,” said Chrostopher Karizi, a fan.
Also present at the launch were other popular musicians, Hosiah Chipanga, Cephas Mashakada, First Farai and Kapfupi.
“Our musicians sing for everyone, not MDC or Zanu PF, and they played a pivotal role during the struggle for independence so we need to support them,” said Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Nelson Chamisa.